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When told that she could rule the world, Zion, age 10 responded, “I don’t want to rule the world, I want to share it.”
When told that she could rule the world, Zion, age 10 responded, “I don’t want to rule the world, I want to share it.”

Youth Stories

Youth Stories

“The DAC classes I attended for ‘at risk’ youth in elementary school were filled with valuable lessons about the acceptance of each person’s individuality and abilities, the building of friendships and a nurturing space, and of finding courage and leadership skills. Soon after I started participating in Destiny programs, things rapidly started to turn around for me. I got into a lot less trouble at school, as well as at home. In fact, my evenings were now filled with something that I loved.

Daudi Manent’o
Destiny Alumni (1990 – 1997), College Graduate, Scientist

“The DAC classes I attended for ‘at risk’ youth in elementary school were filled with valuable lessons about the acceptance of each person’s individuality and abilities, the building of friendships and a nurturing space, and of finding courage and leadership skills. Soon after I started participating in Destiny programs, things rapidly started to turn around for me. I got into a lot less trouble at school, as well as at home. In fact, my evenings were now filled with something that I loved. ”

Daudi Manent’o
Destiny Alumni (1990 – 1997), College Graduate, Scientist

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“I think it is fun and exciting to learn how to dance and do each move and do martial arts to learn how to defend ourselves. If someone is trying to hurt us, we use our fighting skills, but only if we have to. We use our feet and our words first.”

Rosalyn Green
Age 10, Peralta Elementary School (Oakland)

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“I think it is fun and exciting to learn how to dance and do each move and do martial arts to learn how to defend ourselves. If someone is trying to hurt us, we use our fighting skills, but only if we have to. We use our feet and our words first.”

Rosalyn Green
Age 10, Peralta Elementary School (Oakland)

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Growing up in Destiny, I didn’t know how special it was to have a safe place where I was nurtured creatively and emotionally, and supported to make deep connections with peers from totally different economic, racial, and cultural backgrounds.

Chandrika Francis
Alumna, Dance ProgramLearn More

Growing up in Destiny, I didn’t know how special it was to have a safe place where I was nurtured creatively and emotionally, and supported to make deep connections with peers from totally different economic, racial, and cultural backgrounds.

Chandrika Francis
Alumna, Dance ProgramLearn More

When I got my first belt stripe, let me tell you: Spielberg – watch out! because at Destiny, not only did I find a practice that made me confident in my body, not only did I find a community of teachers and peers I wanted so badly to be just like, not only did I find a philosophy, a code, every word of which articulated just how I saw myself and world around around me, not only did I find a true home, I found a place that valued and loved me in just the same way.

Ethan Zatko
Alum & Former Destiny Program ManagerLearn More

When I got my first belt stripe, let me tell you: Spielberg – watch out! because at Destiny, not only did I find a practice that made me confident in my body, not only did I find a community of teachers and peers I wanted so badly to be just like, not only did I find a philosophy, a code, every word of which articulated just how I saw myself and world around around me, not only did I find a true home, I found a place that valued and loved me in just the same way.

Ethan Zatko
Alum & Former Destiny Program ManagerLearn More

Being involved with Destiny has shaped my childhood and my new adulthood in ways I am only now being able to realize. It has given me sisters and brothers and mentors and afforded me the opportunity to celebrate our differences and our similarities as a community.

Amber Espinosa-Jones
AlumnaLearn More

Being involved with Destiny has shaped my childhood and my new adulthood in ways I am only now being able to realize. It has given me sisters and brothers and mentors and afforded me the opportunity to celebrate our differences and our similarities as a community.

Amber Espinosa-Jones
AlumnaLearn More
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